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Elon Musk: Tesla's next-gen Roadster will have an 'Augmented Mode'

Elon Musk: Tesla's next-gen Roadster will have an 'Augmented Mode'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company's controversial Autopilot driver-assistance system will get full self-driving features in a software update due out in August.

Musk, responding to a user's concern regarding how the autonomous driving features function in the case of two lanes merging, said that the autopilot's issue is fully fixed in the next update. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", Musk tweeted.

"To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety", Elon Musk tweeted. And while cars produced since October of 2016 have all the hardware Tesla says is necessary for self-driving, enabling that hardware requires paying a total of $8,000 in optional fees for many Tesla vehicles.

Looking through the recorded performance data, the autopilot system was engaged on four separate occasions during the 32-minute trip, including a continuous operation for the last 18 minutes 55 seconds prior to the crash. The company clearly states the facts of life: "Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".




While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately.

Tesla repeatedly tells drivers to keep their hands on the wheel while Autopilot is engaged-the auto warns anyone who doesn't, disabling the feature and even stopping the vehicle should the alerts be ignored.

"The software update is good news", said analyst Chaim Siegel from Elazar Advisors, adding the stock was still benefiting from last week's prediction by Musk that it would finally hit its production target for its Model 3 sedan.

It's worth bearing in mind, the official Tesla website still says "Enhanced Autopilot should still be considered a driver's assistance feature with the driver responsible for remaining in control of the vehicle at all times".


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